Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 6, Issue 2,2008
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Development of a tractor mounted wide spray boom for increased efficiency


Parish P. Nalavade 1, Vilas M. Salokhe 1*, H. P. W. Jayasuriya 1 , Hiroshi Nakashima 2

Recieved Date: 2008-01-02, Accepted Date: 2008-04-05


A survey carried out in selected states of India showed that many farmers prefer chemical usage for plant protection. Spray booms of width 6.5 to 9 m are mostly used by the farmers but they prefer to have wider booms with a reasonable cost. Considering this, a wider spray boom was developed to reduce the application time and cost of operation, and for increased efficiency. A 15-m tractor mounted spray boom was systematically developed considering the stresses acting on the boom structure. It was tested in a laboratory and in the field to evaluate its performance. The developed spray boom’s performance was compared with existing 9-m spray boom developed by a local manufacturer. Further, both spray booms were evaluated from the economic point of view. Statistical analysis showed that there was no significant variation in spray uniformity within a field for all the test trials. A 15-m spray boom was found to be more economical than the existing 9-m spray boom.


Chemical pest control, tractor mounted spray boom, spray uniformity, structural analysis, economic analysis

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2008
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 164-169

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